Restoration Projects

Restoration Projects

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Restoration Projects

Efforts to restore and preserve the historic buildings Siskiyou Smokejumper Base began in 2004 with the preliminary work being done to identify the significance of the base’s history, collect historic photographs, and begin processing the paperwork necessary to get the base listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The buildings were badly deteriorated and preservation advocates had difficulty getting permission to do preservation work from the airport administrator. The first attempt to work on the parachute loft occurred in October, 2008.

In June 2009, the first restoration project week was organized with about twenty volunteers working for a week to restore the exterior of the historic parachute loft. 2009 Project Week

In June 2010, more than 100 people came to participate in the work week with the emphasis focused on restoring the administration building and installing a roof on the parachute loft. 2010 Project Week


Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute

Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute


grants pass courier article june 19 2010


Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump

Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump